Pronunciation Adjective

smelly (comparative smellier, superlative smelliest)

  1. Having a bad smell.
    She was hesitant to remove her shoes, as her socks were rather smelly.
  2. (figuratively) Having a quality that arouses suspicion.
    The detective read the documents and thought, "Something sure is smelly about this case."
  3. (figuratively, computing, slang, in extreme programming) Having signs that suggest a design problem; having a code smell.
    That smelly code needs to be refactored.
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smelly (plural smellies)

  1. (firearms, informal) a Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle or one of its derivatives.

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